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    How about Editor's Block?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by NoaMineo, Jan 30, 2011.

    So we've all got a billion ways to get out of writer's block, anybody got any tips for editor's block? I've always got 5 or 6 projects on the table at any given time, right now they're mostly things I need to edit. Unfortunately I'm getting so sick of reading my own work that I can't seem to focus on it.

    What do you do then?
     
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    Everyone’s approach is different, but for me writing and editing are the same thing. If you are doing a painting, you can sketch an outline, fill in the background, add detail and color. Which bit is the painting, which is the editing?—Similarly to me, writing is a continual process. So maybe don’t think of it as editing, just thing of it as a continuation of writing. Probably that won’t help, but anyhow…
     
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    I'm the same as ojduffelworth to me it is exciting because editing is what turns my drafts into my story. I see it as like sculpting really - i love finding just the right touch to turn my story from rough stone to a work of art.
     
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    hahaha, Editors block? that was a new one, Lol.
    i think i sort of like it too, but i probably wouldnt if i had more than one ongoing text to work on at a time. maybe thats the problem, they are too many!
     
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    It's all just procrastination and avoidance. I swear, I should get a psychology degree and go into literary therapy, because it's all just mental. Whether writing or editor's block, it's all mental. Figure out what you're avoiding, why you aren't working, what you're afraid will happen, why it isn't a top priority, and you'll suddenly, as if by magic, no longer have issues with writer's or editor's block.

    Example: I'm not writing right now, and haven't for a few months to be honest. I'm just burned out after several years of school and working my butt off. I'm taking a few lit classes, one classical one focused around teaching YA literature (is fun class so far!). I just got done applying to grad programs. I might send a few stories out to journals, if I get bored (am not really in a race, and don't mind not being published asap, I'll wait until I'm good enough to get published where I want, not just anywhere).

    I'm not stressed or freaking out or feeling like a failure. I'm not trying to write, and not able. I'm not pointing to writer's block (or reviser's block). I'm just burned out, have realized how and why, am taking a short term break and keeping my eye on long-term goals.

    Sometimes even writers need a vacation. Especially writers. Would-could a vacation from ourselves, but the alternative is to look inward when it comes to writer's block, not externally.
     
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    My suggestion would be to take one thing at a time. Don't think about the 5 or 6 but concentrate on one. Once you are done with that "one", move on to the next.

    Another suggestion is to step away from it all and give it a rest. Sometimes, after a nice break, you return with a fresh mind and new perspective that should ignite some excitement in the creative process, even if it is the editing and polishing part of it.

    Like other posters mentioned before... it is like working with a painting or sculpting. Finishing touches can be a challenge, but necessary for the final work to become a piece of art.
     
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    Try having someone else (someone who's a writer, has a job involving writing or is just really good at SPAG) edit it.

    Ask them to think about things like character development, plot etc and not just the comma stuff.
     
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    Thanks for all the tips. I will definitely say that writing and editing are two seperate things, but then I've got quite a bit more finished work than most people.

    Taking popsicledeath death's advice, I'm pretty sure I figured out what's wrong. Like most of you, I, too, am an addict. The substance in question is the high we all get from writing, and more specifically the huge high you feel when you finish a project. Even if that project is a new rough draft or the last revision of an old favorite, you feel something when you get to the end. The bigger the project, the bigger the high.

    The problem is, like an addict, if you've had an enormous high in the past, then you need an even bigger one to feel that same rush of endorphines. I just finished a project recently that I've been working on for 10 years, so obviously I'm not going to be feeling anything like that again any time soon.

    The ubspot is, unlike crack heads, we writers don't have to deal with the same addiction cycles, and if we just take a break for a while(which is fairly easy), the next high will be plenty big enough to last a while.
     
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    Well, if it makes you feel better, it's not really 'finished' until it's fully revised, edited, polished and published. So your best high is yet to come, perhaps. ;)
     
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    You got a point there :p
     

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